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Women fail to make the grade in senior academic roles

29 October 2014

Professor Barbara Allan, Pro Vice-Chancellor and Dean of Westminster Business School, has contributed to this week’s ‘Soapbox’ for the Financial Times.

In the article, Professor Allan addresses the issue of gender inequality in senior academic roles, commenting on the lack of representation of women in senior positions at universities.

In the UK, only 12% of university governing bodies are chaired by a woman and less than a third of business school deans are women. According to Professor Allan, the "glass ceiling remains firmly in place" for women in academic careers, despite the 40-year legacy of equal opportunities legislation. She commented on this issue previously in a blog post reflecting on her recent visit to the Institute of Directors conference.
Professor Allan also mentioned that the support of one of her previous line managers, together with her stubbornness and an unwillingness to be defined in a particular position because of her gender, enabled her to achieve a senior academic position.

To read the full article, visit the Financial Times website.

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